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Fall 2012 New Student Enrollment and Retention Outcomes

Comparative benchmarks for four-year and two-year institutions

2012 New Student Enrollment and Retention Outcomes Report

Download this report (below) to examine the one-year changes between fall 2012 and fall 2011 in new student enrollment and retention in higher education at the undergraduate level. The report is based on a national, Web-based poll Noel-Levitz conducted of college and university admissions officials in October of 2012. In addition to collecting official census data for fall 2012, the poll collected fall 2011 census data and fall 2012 institutional goals for comparison and context.

Among the highlights:

  • At four-year private institutions, fall 2012 enrollments of FTIC (first-time-in-college) students held steady at the median, while four-year public institutions saw a slight decline in FTIC enrollees of less than one percent at the median.
  • Two-year public institutions experienced a drop in FTIC students of 5.7 percent at the median, but—unlike the four-year institutions—saw a gain of 4.7 percent at the median in new transfer students.
  • Half to two-thirds of four-year institutions, private and public, reported setting more aggressive enrollment and retention goals for fall 2012 compared to a year earlier.

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